Familiar foes in D-I softball semifinals

Kapolei will try to defend its No. 1 ranking tonight against Pearl City. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser
Kapolei will try to defend its No. 1 ranking tonight against Pearl City. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser

A few notes heading into today’s All-OIA West semifinal round of the DataHouse/HHSAA Division I Softball Championship at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.

Today’s schedule (with Star-Advertiser rankings) — No. 2 Campbell vs. No. 4 Mililani, 4:30 p.m. No. 1 Kapolei vs. No. 6 Pearl City, 7 p.m.

>> Campbell swept the regular-season series with Mililani. Campbell junior Danielle Cervantes took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in a 5-0 win on March 22. Elisa Favela went the distance in the Sabers’ 3-1 win in 10 innings on April 23 in the second meeting.

>> Kapolei swept the regular-season series with Pearl City winning 5-3 on March 12 and 4-1 on April 7.

>> This is the first time since 2006 all four semifinalists represented one league. Pearl City, Mililani, Kapolei and Moanalua reached the final four that year with Pearl City taking the title with a win over Mililani.

>> The championship game is assured to feature two OIA West teams for the third straight year. Campbell and Mililani reached the final the last two years with Mililani winning in 2015 and Campbell taking the state title last year.

>> Mililani is in the semifinals for the ninth time in the last 12 years. The Trojans reached the final in seven of the last 11 years, winning the title three times (2005, 2009, 2014).

>> Campbell is in the semifinals for the eighth time in the last nine years and reached the final four times since 2010. The Sabers won in 2010 and 2015.

>> Cervantes and Mililani’s Aubree Kim both racked up 17 strikeouts in quarterfinal victories on Wednesday. The Campbell and Mililani pitching staff have a combined 58 strikeouts in 26 innings this week.

>> Kapolei will make its first semifinal appearance since 2012 when the Hurricanes lost 1-0 to Mid-Pacific in a duel between Winona Pauline and Keiki Carlos, who hit the decisive home run in the fourth inning.

>> Kapolei will play in the semifinals for the fourth time (2004, ’06, ’12, ’16). The Hurricanes won the title in 2004.

>> Pearl City is in the semifinals for the first time since winning the 2006 title. The Chargers also played in the semifinals in 2005 and won state titles in 1980, 1984 and 1992.


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